kizwan

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Hello,

I believe my tank is experiencing nutrients toxicity. I can see serious iron deficiency (new leaves are light green with dark veins & necrosis on the tip of older leaves), potassium deficiency (weak stem especially at the base & some melted at the base as well), calcium deficiency (root failed to developed or poor root development - root turn black) & maybe other mobile nutrients deficiency. All of these happening while I'm dosing micro & macro regularly. This is why I suspect nutrient toxicity.

A bit history on the tank:-
This is over a year old tank that I rescape after failed bleach dip treatment. The original plants have BBA issue that grown on the tip of the older leaves. CAE that I put in the tank eat almost all BBA but the leaves become damaged due to the BBA. The reason I decided to do bleach treatment because the new leaves when become older leaves, get infected with BBA. Turned out, my bleach solution is too concentrated & also I dip too long. Which is why almost all plants are dead. When I rescape with new plants, I started having issues like I explained above.

What is the best strategy to fixed nutrient toxicity? And how long can it need to recover? Right now I stop dosing ferts entirely. I did put root tabs (osmocote) in the soil a month ago.
 

kizwan

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Just FYI, the failed or poor root growth have to do with metal toxicity. I stopped micro dosing for two weeks (three >50% water change in two weeks) & after two weeks resume micro dosing with just small amount once a week; Seachem Flourish (1 ml). In addition to Ferrous Gluconate in Seachem Flourish, I also dose Iron (DTPA Fe 11%) with just 0.15 ppm per week. After I did this, root started to grow white & healthy.